Charles escalante

Devan Messer

Jesus Ramirez

Frank Maldonado

Josh Basurto

“Inside The Area” Podcast

Charles Escalante (@CHARLESESCA)

Frank Maldonado (@FRANKELTANK33)

Chuy Ramirez (@NOFUEPENALL)


Jürgen Klopp is on a mission.

Since the opening of the Transfer Window, Liverpool has secured some incredible signings. Building off a team that were Runners-Up in the Champions League last season, gives a great foundation for the next season. Liverpool lost Emre Can on a free transfer to Juventus. An effective player for Liverpool, but not exactly a key piece, will be missed. Honestly with the new signings, he might not be missed that much.  

Klopp and Company have eyes on everything this season. A great run in Champions League, and a solid showing in the Premier League, is all that can be desired. Klopp wasn’t more. He’s signed quality players to back that statement. He’s improving his squad and creating great competition amongst team mates. You need depth to win multiple trophies. You need versatility to make the deep runs in tournaments. 

 (Keïta in preseason via Liverpoolfc instagram)

 (Keïta in preseason via Liverpoolfc instagram)

The addition of Naby Keïta to midfield, was a huge addition. The creativity and tactical knowledge displayed by Naby, made him one of the most efficient midfielders in Germany, for RB Leipzig. The Mans can sit from deep, steal the ball, put you on your ass, then pick out Salah on a streaking through ball. The ability of Naby will greatly benefit Klopp’s style of play. The Gegenpressing of  Liverpool, is a tactic developed by Klopp. Allows players to win back the ball with pressure instantly, rather than falling back into formation. Keïta has the ability to create space amongst anywhere, deep or high up the pitch. Expect this man to flourish at Liverpool. 

After having two less than stellar seasons for Stoke City, Xherdan Shaqiri made the move to Liverpool. The wide midfielder can make goals happen. With that thumping left foot, Shaqiri cuts in from the right side, and does damage. You saw him at the World Cup for Switzerland, he scored against Serbia to clinch it. With enough pace to break free, Shaqiri can get the best of defenders on 1-v-1 situations. Check out this match winner at the World Cup. 

(Shaqiri repping the new Kit. Via liverpoolfc instagram) 

(Shaqiri repping the new Kit. Via liverpoolfc instagram) 

What a player. Little Hulk. Ripped. Shredded. Dude hasn’t had a carb since 06. Those traps could life a house themselves. Given all his physical attributes, I hope Shaqiri can click with his team mates at Liverpool. I personally think Klopp can get the best out of this player. Good signing for both. 

 (Fabinho being Announced via Liverpoolfc instagram) 

 (Fabinho being Announced via Liverpoolfc instagram) 

My personal favorite piece to this Klopp puzzle, is the addition of Fabinho from AS Monaco. Jordan Henderson had a fantastic season, and a fantastic World Cup for England. He will be having a strong reinforcement in midfield. He’s a ball winner, and a passer. He sits in front of the defense and bodies players for position  I really enjoy watching him win a tackle, then maraud down the field before sending a ball. World Class stuff, and yes I’m very excited for him. Under Klopp, Fabinho will find himself with space in front of him. Salah, Mané, and Firmino just do that for you. Pace and pulling defenders on runs, something that front 3 if good at. Knowing Fabinho is behind you to halt a swift counter attack, makes you feel better about everything. Completing 86% of his passes in Ligue 1 last year, according to FotMob, he’s an excellent all around player. He averaged 1 key pass per match, in the Ligue last year as well. We all know, all you need is one chance to win it. Adding players who give instant impact, is hard. Fabinho shouldn’t be that case. I expect him to do good things his first season, and better his second season. One of my plyers to watch. 

The tranfer market doesn’t close until August 9th, and by then you could see Goalkeeper Alisson Becker from Roma, sign with Liverpool. According to reports, AS ROMA accepted a World Record bid for their Goalkeeper. After Karius blunders and Mignolet inconsistency, this would be huge for Liverpool. Would be interesting to see if Liverpool adds another defender before the Transfer Window closes. Adding to Lovren and Van Dijk, or even improving your quality of outside backs, will help propel Liverpool from the “top 4” talk, to the Premier League Champions discussion. Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are the future at left and right back. Honestly they could be the right now. Just not all season long, in every tournament. 

Klopp is only getting better at understanding his team, and understanding what his team needs. After the brilliance of last season, I could see another good year for Liverpool. Perhaps an even better year. With time still to go in this offseason, expect more players to be added. One thing certain is that Jürgen Klopp will get you to believe. 

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